Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, currently head of Whole Vehicle Engineering for Skoda is joining Rolls-Royce & Bentley. He is to join the Engineering Board on September 1 and will report directly to chief executive Tony Gott. Rothpieler will head up the company's engineering and design functions.

" His extensive expertise in whole vehicle engineering is key to the next phase in our development of the all-new Mid-Size-Bentley, or MSB. His experience and knowledge of the Volkswagen Group technology, processes and systems will prove invaluable to us," says Gott.

He replaces Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg who will be resuming his position as division head Body Development full time.